Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, Segun Olulade on Monday said the country seems to have forgotten about Dr Ameyo Adadevoh, who laid down her life to save Nigerians when Ebola struck the continent in 2014.
Olulade, representing Epe Constituency II at the Assembly, called on the federal government to immortalise the deceased.
A statement he signed reads: “Dr Ameyo Adadevoh was certified dead on August 19, 2014, after she single-handedly stopped late Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American diplomat who brought the Ebola Virus into Nigeria, from escaping the hospital and further spreading the disease.
“The role this woman played during the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria is still very fresh in our minds and it is regrettable that three years after her death, the federal government has refused to immortalize her in any way.
“We should not forget that she gave sterling example of due diligence and professionalism in a grave situation and thereby saved the lives of thousands of Nigerians. What a price to pay for one’s nation.
“Looking at her act of sacrifice and patriotism, I believe that there is hope for Nigeria”.
The lawmaker also demanded posthumous honours for health workers and other volunteers who lost their lives in the course of caring for the Ebola patients.
Adadevoh was born on October 27 1956 and first trained at the University of Lagos, College of Medicine where she specialised in Endocrinology at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College in London.
Adadevoh’s two decades of service at First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende established her medical expertise, and she was the first to diagnose swine flu and alert the Ministry of Health in 2012.